Climate & Ecological Emergency  
Taking Action Together  

13 November 2020 10:00 - 17:00 | online conference

Register Now

Climate & Ecological Emergency  
Taking Action Together  

13 November 2020 10:00 - 17:00 | online conference

Register Now

Climate & Ecological Emergency  
Taking Action Together  

13 November 2020 10:00 - 17:00 | online conference

Register Now

Climate & Ecological Emergency: Taking Action Together

13th November 2020 - 10am - 5pm online

Has your organisation declared a Climate (and Ecological) Emergency, committing to radically reduce its emissions and improve biodiversity by 2030? Are you a concerned activist or organisation focussed on ensuring the necessary climate action is taken in your locality?  This online conference explores how councils, other public organisations, businesses, charities and communities can all work together to develop radical Action Plans to deliver on these commitments. For individuals, there are lots of sessions on how you can get involved and actions you can take either individually or collectively, in action groups or with your local councils

We showcase current best practice and new ideas from across sectors. We  provide examples of the most effective Actions Plans and launch a new checklist to help you develop yours. We focus not only on what councils and other organisations can achieve directly, but also on how they can involve others in the locality, utilising their skills and influencing them to take action.   

Our first Conference was held at Lancaster Town Hall in March 2019, and was attended by 200+ Councillors, local authority officers, business leaders, educators, activists, young people, faith groups, health professionals and many others from all over the country. This year we are taking it online!

November 13 marks two years of Climate Emergency Declarations made by Councils in the UK, starting with Bristol. To date 300 UK Local Authorities (75%) have declared a 'Climate (and in some cases Ecological) Emergency, alongside more than 20 universities and a variety of other organisations including health authorities, professional bodies and the UK Parliament.

While the UK Government has said it will go carbon zero by 2050, many of these local declarations are leading the way, aiming for 2030 or earlier. As FutureGov reminds us:  "Our public institutions are uniquely positioned to be catalysts for change. In the climate era, as we face one of the most challenging decades of our time, let’s use the full power of councils to strengthen our local communities and create a true sense of place and purpose."

Engaging communities is at the heart of change and is a central focus of the Conference. We showcase examples of how to inspire, involve, educate and inform, building truly transformative climate action. .

We are looking forward to seeing you online on 13 November.

Sessions

Dave Kennedy: Environment AgencyRod Everett
Natural Flood Management
Dr Muzammal HussainRabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Faith Groups
Kate Gilmartin
Low carbon enablers – working with communities to deliver carbon targets
Sandra Bell: FOETony Bosworth: FOE
Engaging with your local council
Cllr Rory O'Broin WandsworthCllr. Scott patient: Calderdale
Action Plans: London & Metropolitan
Chris Church: Oxfordshire Climate ActionSally Barnard: SECA
Citizen scrutiny of Action Plans
Phil Brennan: APSE EnergyRachel Coxcoon: CSE
Carbon Literacy Training
Amanda SmithAnna Bullen
Working together to understand and overcome barriers to reaching net zero: Part One
Hope for the futureJeana Malhi
Give your council the authority to act!
James Sommerville: Agility EcoJonathan Aitkinson: Carbon Coop
Retrofit and Green Homes Grant
Andrew Simms: Rapid Transition AllianceElliott Grimshaw: lancaster City Council
Travel & Air Quality
Emily Tulloh: FutureGovProf. Nigel Watson: Lancaster University
21st century governance: principles for responding to the climate emergency
Alex Minshull: BristolPeter Lefort: Cornwall
Action Plans: Unitary & District
Kathy Beaton & Cllr. Caroline Jackson: Lancaster City CouncilLune Valley Community Land Trust
Community Led Housing
Cllr. Tom Hayes: OxfordPeter Bryant: Shared Future CIC
Citizen’s Juries & Assemblies
Anna Clayton: LESS CIC Lancaster
Sustainable Food Places
Ben Lennon: Platform LondonCllr. Gina Dowding: lancashire
Divestment
Adam Briggs: NFUGary Smith: Yorkshire Dales National Park
Engaging farmers in more nature friendly agriculture
Charlotte Banks: APSE Energy
So you’ve declared a Climate Emergency. What next?
Andrew Simms: Rapid Transition Alliance
Lessons from Lockdown
Teresa OHare
Resilient Coastal Communities
Amanda SmithAnna Bullen
Working together to understand and overcome barriers to reaching net zero: Part Two
Cara Jenkinson: AshdenHannah Bartram: ADEPT
Blueprint: What we need from Government
Judy Ling Wong: Black Environment Network
Engaging multicultural voices in Climate Action – what can councils do?
Louise Crow: My SocietySandra Bell: FOE
New tools to help you to develop your Action Plan
Emily Tulloh: FutureGovKarl harder: Abundance
Local authorities – Motivation, Drivers and Decisions; the processes needed to deliver carbon targets?
Terena Plowright
The Greening Campaign
Dr. Lingxuan Liu: Lancaster University
The Transformative potential of urban greening and food growing
Dan Stone: Centre for Sustainable EnergyDiane Neville: Lancaster City Council
The role of Planning
Dr. Alona Armstrong: lancaster UniversityProf. Piran White: York University
Managing solar parks for nature